June 2nd 2018


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COVER STORY The Greens: the political equivalent of bilgewater

EDITORIAL Malaysian election sends shockwaves across South-East Asia

GENDER AND SPORT Transgender playing in women's football league gains attention

CANBERRA OBSERVED Beyond tomorrow a bridge too far for politicians to plan

ENERGY Why renewables destabilise the power grid

LAW AND FREEDOM Exemptions: at issue with Dr Zimmermann

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Behind the U.S.-North Korea rapprochement

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Two to tango: Where to now for U.S. and China?

LIFE ISSUES So, is this not pro-life?

POLITICS AND CULTURE The West won the world but may lose its soul

MILITARY BIOGRAPHY Commanders: the men who resolve questions of life and death

HUMOUR

MUSIC Eurovision: Wailing and gnashing of teeth

CINEMA Superhero movies: A Chestertonian consideration

BOOK REVIEW A man for all seasons and hemispheres

BOOK REVIEW Mid-century gem of Catholic fiction

POETRY

LETTERS

ECONOMICS Vatican document nails some of the causes of the GFC

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News Weekly, June 2, 2018

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by Internal Bleeding

Widget CD A443-2
Price: $1.08 (digital download $12,000)

Reviewed by Sebastian Gunlighter

This CD is sheer delight. It is unequivocally beautiful. Internal Bleeding (Horace Bowel, Sheena Spleen and Derek Gallbladder) have taken some of the world’s most moving music, recorded by the greatest virtuosi of the past 50 years and shamelessly released it as an album of their own making.

This will become abundantly clear to an experienced listener as soon as any of the numbers begins. For example, the piece entitled The Third Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven as Played by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra under the Baton of Bruno Walter turns out to be nothing other than The Third Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven as Played by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra under the Baton of Bruno Walter. Yes, wonderful music executed with profound emotion, but hardly Internal Bleeding!

Or, take the piece called here Prelude in C from the Well Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach, Glenn Gould at the Piano. This turns out to be the Prelude in C from the Well Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach, Glenn Gould at the Piano. A shimmering performance, of course; but, is this Internal Bleeding?

The same goes for the other two pieces, Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto Played by David Helfgott and Mass in D Minor by Palestrina sung by the Vienna Boy’s Choir at the Realkirch, Vienna. No Internal Bleeding anywhere in evidence.

However, given these caveats, each listener must make up his or her own mind. The music is certainly wonderful, never mind Internal Bleeding. It stands up well against their earlier works, Von Karajan Conducts the Berliner Philharmonic in the Nine Symphonies of Beethoven by Internal Bleeding and Internal Bleeding’s Dianne Warwick sings the Burt Bacharach Songbook.

Five earplugs and a free check-up. 

 




























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